What is God saying to YOU?

spirtual pathDid you ever wonder what God is saying to us?

Does God talk to us every day?

Will I be confused at what I think He is saying to me?

If you have asked yourself these questions, you are asking the same questions I have asked myself. Through the years I have learned there are some simple ways to answer these questions. First, God talks to us through His direction to us. We just need to listen. God will speak to us through songs, friends, sermons, teachers, and even in ways we do not understand. It may be that small voice we hear early in the morning when we awake. Many times God will reach out to you though others and get this… we will be used as the voice to OTHERS!! Out actions might be the communication to our friends.

I am not a preacher, but I wanted to share with you how I knew God direction.

First: Seek to know your spiritual gift.

God gives all of us spiritual gifts. I remember the first time I heard this in church, I wanted to know more. I did not have any idea what my gift was and wondered how I could know what it was. It was not clear to me! I really did have to stop and think about it. Once I realized my gift, I knew why I reacted the way I did. Read: 1 Corinthians 12: 7 – 11. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same[a] Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Second: Start your day with prayer.

Once we know our spiritual gift, (there could be more than one), ask God for direction. James 1:5 tells us the perfect solution!! Ask God to guide your path. This verse tells us: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Third: Look for God’s Path

God’s will for your life is not a job. God’s gift will perfectly match the way you already are, where you are, and what you already like.

Living my life trying to “do it alone” has never worked for me. I find I am alone in a room full of friends, looking for answers that leave me empty and sad at the stillness of the night. When I am open to what God has for me, I am filled with peace. I hope this has helped you know your gift to yourself and others.

What is God asking us to do?

flower-deliveryIs God talking to you and you are asking why He is asking you to do what He is asking?

Often we feel God is speaking to us, but deny it is God and put the feeling on a shelf to lay our heads on our pillow to ponder about what we are feeling.

We think we do not have the talent to follow through on what God is telling us to have faith to pursue. We tell our self, “tomorrow” I will think about it. Or we secretly ask our self if we really have the talent to do what God is laying on our hearts to do.

Let me give you a couple things to think about.

  1. God will provide the way. If you are meant to blog to other women and your writing is absolutely horrible. Hold on. God will give you the words. He will provide you avenues to improve your writing. It is your job to just be open to the possibility.  I honestly feel God uses our words for His purpose, not because we have talent!
  2. God already has the tools available. If you are meant to paint for God and feel you do not have the time, space or inspiration. Wait upon the Lord and He will open each door for you. You are being prepared now. Take each step in faith. The light will be clear.
  3. God will let you know when it is time. If you feel a tugging in your heart, right now, just ask God to start preparing you. The time might not be NOW, but later. Just do not close the door to Him now thinking you are not ready. You will know.

I truly believe God had a plan for each of us, a season for His perfect work to be performed in each of us. If our season is when we are 50, 60 or 20, HE will provide the tools for us at the right time. I think many times we feel a calling and get scared that we do not have the tools to do what we fell God wants us to do. But God might need some time to prepare us for his glorious work. College classes, a couple years of marriage, troubled times in a relationship might all be canvass for God to prepare us for the beautiful painting yet to come.

Never close the door. Write down your feelings, look in the Bible for verses that you feel God wants you to read, be aware of your surroundings for what God has to prepare you. You will know.

Read Psalms 139 …. Below is the King James verson.

You Have Searched Me and Know Me

1{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

20For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

21Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

I love you all.  You are in my life for a reason.

Turn on Your Music and Dance

rose music - CopyI cannot remember how many times I have told other women to be kind to themselves after they have shared with me some story from their heart.  I have to remember many times to tell myself that too!!

I think as women we are too hard on ourselves.  We take care of others (I think this is a trait born into almost all women whether we chose it or not), we take care of our pets, we clean our homes, we work as hard as men on our jobs and then we take care of our husbands.

Like this morning. I did not sleep well last night and was up a lot. I have a huge training presentation to work on and I needed my sleep. So about 4am I had just fallen into a deep sleep, much needed too!! and my husband rushed into the room with his lunch box on his way out the door to ask for his lunch. Now, did I look like I was excited to jump out of a warm bed to get him a sandwich when he was perfectly able to make one himself? Well, actually, I am not sure he had even made a sandwich himself, but you know what I mean.

I wanted to throw something at the voice coming from the door, but the only thing close was a soft pillow I WAS USING, so that was not an option. I softly said, did you look on the top shelf on the lunch space for your sandwich. He said no, I thought I would ask you if you made one. I said, well, go look, I think you will find one I already made for you last night.

Now that I am actually up and ready to work after my 2 cups of coffee and green tea with honey (my promise to my new daughter Addy) I can now think. My husband can make his own lunch, he is an engineer. But he will go without lunch if I do not make him one (or go have someone else make one at a restaurant!) But, I have to remember, he likes me to make his lunch. Instead of being mad at him for broken hands on this task, I need to be humble and be happy someone does need me.

What if I did not have a husband, or a friend? What if I did not have a little fuzzy animal that needed me to take her out at night? When I needed a hug or someone to listen to my story, he would not be there. When I was working on my training slides, my fuzzy friend would not be at my feet to remind me she loves me.

I titled this blog as turn on your music and dance. Many times, we need to turn on music to remind us of our happiness. Music tends to do that to us. Ephesians 5:9 says: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

Women, first, be kind to yourself today and listen to what God has for you today. Turn on your music and dance and let your hearts heal.

Thursday, March 13, 2014. I ask the Father, one more thing……….. “Keep them safe and make them strong.”

1970459_668649933193142_1593178405_nThis past weekend I was there to watch my son marry the woman of his dreams.  He told her in his vows that he would love her for a thousand years and he meant that.  The weather was perfect, the words from the preacher were fitting to a tee, and the bride was absolutely stunning.

But when I saw was my son’s face I saw his life from a little boy to the man that he is today.  His first steps, his first giggle, his tears when he fell, his struggles in piano lessons, his first goal in soccer, his glance back at me as we left him at college, his smile when we would come visit, his first salute when he commissioned, his walk down the aisle when he graduated from college and his excitement when he was chosen for ENJYPT pilot training, his graduation from pilot school and when he talked about Addy.

He’d talked about her often for several years like he knew she was the girl he would proposed to on that cold day at the National Harbor. I know now that Addy was that little girl I prayed for all those years as Robert was growing up during …. her first steps, her tears when she fell as a little girl, her struggles school, when she left  for college…… she was that woman I prayed for every night for my son.

I wanted to share the mother son dance played during the reception when I danced with my little boy, now a man.

A MOTHER’S PRAYER
Words by Bonnie J. Barbey
Music by Kay Crawford

A PRECIOUS LITTLE BABY BOY TUCKED IN HIS MOTHER’S ARMS
LISTENS AS SHE ASKS HER LORD TO KEEP HIM SAFE FROM HARM
HE LOOKS AT HER IN WONDER, AS HE HEARS HIS MOMMA PRAY
FOR GOD TO BLESS THE BABY GIRL WHO WILL MARRY HIM SOMEDAY

Chorus
KEEP HER SAFE, MAKE HER STRONG
GUARD HER BODY, HEART, AND SOUL
AND LET HER LIFE BE FILLED WITH LOVE
LIGHT THE PATH THAT SHE’S BEGUN
GIVE HER FAITH, FOR SHE’S THE ONE
WHO WILL GROW INTO THE WOMAN WHO
WILL STAND BESIDE MY SON

WADING POOLS AND BIG BOY TOOLS, HIS BUSY HANDS AT PLAY
SOMEWHERE THERE’S OTHER TINY HANDS THAT WILL JOIN WITH HIS ONE DAY
MOM’S HEART GOES OUT ACROSS THE MILES AS SHE SEEKS HER FATHER’S FACE
PRAYERS RISE INTO HEAVEN, TRANSCENDING TIME AND SPACE

KEEP HER SAFE, MAKE HER STRONG
GUARD HER BODY, HEART, AND SOUL
AND LET HER LIFE BE FILLED WITH LOVE
LIGHT THE PATH THAT SHE’S BEGUN
GIVE HER FAITH, FOR SHE’S THE ONE
WHO WILL GROW INTO THE WOMAN WHO
WILL STAND BESIDE MY SON

A LOVELY BRIDE COMES DOWN THE AISLE, MOM’S EYES ARE FILLED WITH TEARS
HER SON IS JOINING WITH THE ONE SHE’S PRAYED FOR ALL THESE YEARS
SHE SEES GOD’S HAND, HIS PERFECT PLAN IN THE COUPLE STANDING THERE
SHE BREATHES A SIGH OF THANKS TO GOD WHO HEARD A MOTHER’S PRAYER

KEEP HER SAFE, MAKE HER STRONG
GUARD HER BODY, HEART, AND SOUL
AND LET HER LIFE BE FILLED WITH LOVE
LIGHT THE PATH THAT SHE’S BEGUN
GIVE HER FAITH, FOR SHE’S THE ONE
WHO HAS GROWN INTO THE WOMAN WHO
NOW STANDS BESIDE MY SON

THE MARRIAGE VOWS ARE SPOKEN, EXCHANGING OF THE RINGS
AND SHE PRAYS, “OH FATHER, NOW I COME AND ASK FOR ONE MORE THING”
KEEP THEM SAFE, MAKE THEM STRONG
GUARD THEIR BODIES, HEARTS AND SOULS
AND LET THEIR HOME BE FILLED WITH LOVE
LIGHT THE PATH THEY’VE NOW BEGUN
GIVE THEM FAITH, FOR THEY’RE THE ONES
WHO WILL GROW INTO A COUPLE WHO WILL GLORIFY YOUR SON
LIGHT THE PATH THEY’VE NOW BEGUN
GIVE THEM FAITH, THEY’RE CHOSEN ONES
LET THEM GROW INTO THE COUPLE WHO WILL GLORIFY YOUR SON

Robert and Addy, I love you both.  Love, mamma.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Hot Tears to Healing.

Recently I was hurt by a situation that I found hard to resolve in my heart.  It was not really one incident, but several that all entwined together that slowly broke me from within.  I found myself waking up with hot tears rolling down my checks uncontrollably.    I have never felt this despair.  It was foreign to me. I could not tell anyone about it.

I am normally the one that helps others get to their healing place and yet I could not get there myself. I am the soft healer and support to others and yet I felt alone and weak and defeated.  The more defeated I felt, the deeper I felt I was falling.  But, I still prayed for God to hold me in His hands until I could gain control of my tears.

I knew the way to heal my heart, but I could not find the way to stop the tears to start the healing process.  I knew I had to grieve through my pain as I have told so many other to do.  Only God could take my hand to that healing place, I just could not do it alone.

I know that many times God will allow us to cry, deep hot tears but He NEVER lets us go.  He is there to hold us up until we stop crying and He will lead us to that place to heal.

Even today, I am healing.  But I am stronger because I let myself cry, I let myself greave and I let God heal my heart.

I also know that one small email from someone …. (They will never know how powerful that email was) was enough to help me know God was there….  Still.

As women, we need to support each other, help each other in our weaknesses.

If you paint, paint every time you can.  If you dance, dance every moment you have a chance. If you write songs, write on every paper …… don’t let anything stop you.  Your art will touch someone around you even if you do not know you are healing someone heart.

I love you all.  What could break us, makes us stronger!!

Love, me

Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Beautiful Women from Within.

MaggieJohnsonMaggie, you are gift to me.

I am so fortunate to have some extremely special women in my life.  They love me for who I am at every stage of my life.  As I reflect on each one of them, I am reminded at how blessed I am for what they each give me. I am not even sure some of them know how beautiful they are and how they touch my heart.

Today, I wanted to tell you about one of them.  Her name is Maggie.  I met Maggie several years ago when I walked into Alexandre de Paris to get my hair done.  I instantly saw Maggie and saw how graceful she was and asked if she was busy.  I was willing to wait, but she was free!  The asked me to change into a black robe to start my venture.  When I came out of the dressing room, Maggie met me with a beautiful smile and I felt like we were instantly best friends.

The reason I want you to met Maggie is because she is a gift that should be shared.  Every time I go to get my hair done by Maggie, I am a better person when I leave.  I could tell you stories of when we laughed so hard I thought I was going to burst!.  We have cried over life heartaches  and shared our faith with each other.  Maggie told me one time that she puts love into each hair cut and each person she touches is special to her.

Do you remember the The Present: The Gift for Changing Times by Spencer Johnson.  The Present is a small book with an incredible story of a young man’s journey to adulthood, and his tireless search for The Present, a mysterious gift. When the boy grows to manhood, he becomes sad and knows he is missing something.  He returns to the old man who told him about “the present” ….. in search of this magical gift.  The story tells us about the gift that we all must find.

Maggie never read this book – but she has “the Present!”  She shares a part of it with everyone that sits in her chair.

Maggie is one of the reasons I write my blog.  To share what is in my heart with those I cherish.  I want to share what God has given to me.  A friend once told me that I needed my girlfriends as girlfriends cry with me, laugh with me, understand when I order my no fat, with whip, extra hot peppermint mocha….  stirred in a double cup.

I hope you all have a Maggie in  your life.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013. Eggnog Therapy!

Eggnog is one of my favorite drinks during the Christmas holiday season. Drinking eggnog during a cold winter evening while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” with those I love is a family tradition that makes everything OK in my world. Of course my world might be so totally different from your world, but hopefully you will find some eggnog therapy in my blog today!!

Eggnog has lots of cream and sugar in it and drinking a glass of this wonderful therapy can make me feel a bit guilty.  😉  But I tell myself I will work off the calories with all the  hustle and bustle of taking care of everything my list.  But, in order to take care of everything on my list, I need to take care of myself first!!!

Now that I have you thinking about lists and shopping and all that you have to do, relax for a bit and get some eggnog and read my dear friends.

eggnog

E  G  G  N  O  G

Emotions:  Tell yourself it is OK to cry when you are emotional, or curl up in a down blanket with some…. eggnog and watch a movie for a couple hours.  Our emotions are ours to own. Many times we become so critical of ourselves when we have an emotional crisis of some sort, sound familiar?  We might not always like how we react at something, but wondering what is “wrong” with us when we let our emotions get out of sorts is just not good eggnog therapy.  Here is the verse I remind myself with when I am prone to be hard on myself for out of control emotions:  1 Peter 5:10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Good Thoughts:  Be good to yourself.  I am one of the biggest critics to MYSELF.  I expect great things of myself and often lay in bed at night and review all the things I did NOT do that day.  One thing I do is bring out my personal gratitude list.  This list is where I write down all the things I love about myself (yes, it is ok to love ourselves).  Reading and adding to this list gives me confidence.  How can I give to others if I am not fulfilled myself?  Proverbs 19:8 is so true:  “He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall fine good.”    Hummmm, God tells us to love ourself!

Get moving:  5 min tasks.  When I was in college one of my professors told me a trick she did to get everything done she needed to.  This is a great trick for busy ladies.  A list of 5 minute tasks.   Ok, one of your 5 min tasks could be to go get another glass of the cold eggnog and then keep reading!!!  I start my day with a list of 5 mins tasks each day.  Like today.  I have 16 hours of writing, editing and proofreading other’s articles but I also have many other things to do…… so on my 5 min tasks are:  Wrap presents for Robs stocking.  Clean inside of microwave, restock the K-Cup drawer with coffee, log in daily tasks (IRS likes this one) for my business and so forth.  So when I am heating up something in the microwave and press the 7 minute button, I scurry to do one of those tasks.  When I make a cup of coffee …. I fit in one of those tasks.  Pretty soon, I have them all done!! I love the verse in Ecclesiastes 4:6 that fits my  5 minute task list:  “Better is a handful with quiet than two handfuls with toil, and a chasing after wind.”

Notebook:  One of the areas I felt I was so bad at was writing!  And what do I end up doing, starting a Newspaper for Project Managers and writing.  Actually each month I feel more confident about writing and I have found that through research on topics I write about, I am learning so much.  I keep a notebook for each knowledge area now.  It is amazing how much we forget and many times I go back and read some of notebooks and enjoy finding treasures I had forgotten about.  This is true of journaling or blogging.  Writing our thoughts down in a notebook or a blog is …. eggnog therapy.  We write what makes us happy, or sad or laugh.  I remember writing about my pain when I miscarried so many times and yet I look back and how much that helped me walk through a time when I saw God’s plan unfold.  There have been so many women put in my life that have lost a child due to miscarriage and by writing down my thoughts, I was able to remember my pain and how I recovered to help with words to help others through a painful time.  The exercise of writing down my thoughts seemed to cement how I was feeling at that time in my heart. Words are powerful!!  Proverbs 16: 24 says:  “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

One High Heel:  Some of you I have told about my high heels.  For the past several years, I have telecommuted.  I own my own business, so I am my own boss and this boss says stay home and work!!! There are many days I get up and shower and then put on com-fee clothes, fuzzy slippers and start working.  BUT, when I have to talk to a client, I have a part of black high heels that I slip on while I talk.  Something about donning those black heels keeps me professional and poised.  No one sees me, but I feel more focused,  in control and confident of the conversation.  The point I am trying to make is …. it is ok to have your black high heels, your personal muse.  Your heels might be your favorite lipstick you wear, or that Piel leather portfolio you take to every important meeting, or one of your kids little gifts you carry with you when you car pool the kids to school, but it is your personal strength.  Perhaps someone gave you a small gift you look at often and you gain inner peace and strength when you look at it.  Inner peace is incredible.  Psalm 29:11 says:  “The Lord give strength to his people;l the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

Giving:  Give words of love or thanks to someone.  Write a note to one person each week in December.  More often if time allows.  So often we get so busy with Facebook, tweeting, instant texting, that we forget how precious a handwritten note is.  I have a note my son gave me years ago framed in a little frame to remind me of our friendship.  I have a handwritten note from my future daughter in law under the plastic in my office when I visited her for some girl time last summer.  A hand written note is a precious gift.

I hope my eggnog therapy makes you smile…..

Eggnog Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • *4 egg whites (optional)

Method

1 In a large bowl, use a whisk or an electric mixer to beat egg yolks until they become somewhat lighter in color. Slowly add the sugar, beating after each addition, whisking until fluffy.

2 Combine the milk, cloves, and cinnamon in a thick-bottomed saucepan. Slowly heat on medium heat until the milk mixture is steamy hot, but not boiling.

3 Temper the eggs by slowly adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly while you add the hot mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

4 Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, and coats the back of the spoon. It helps to have a candy thermometer, but not necessary; if you have one, cook until the mixture reaches 160°F. Do not allow the mixture to boil, or it will curdle. (If the mixture does curdle you may be able to save it by running it through a blender.) Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove the cloves. Let cool for one hour.

5 Mix in vanilla extract and nutmeg. Chill.

Drink with someone you love!!

Friday, November 22, 2013. As unique as a snowflake…..

It was supposed to snow here last week.  I opened every window blind I could and sat at my computer fervently working with one eye looking out the window for the first beautiful snowflake of the year!  We have all been told ….. No two snowflakes are alike.  Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey….

My scientist friends explain a snowflake begins as a droplet of water which condenses on a speck of dust. The droplet freezes and more droplets condense and freeze on it (remember how ice will stick to your tongue?) If the cloud temperature stays below freezing, enough droplets will freeze and collect to form a snowflake. Because of the way water molecules fit together, most snowflakes are six-sided (hexagonal.) When the snowflake gets heavy enough, it descends to Earth, each one unlike the one before.  But, they admit how beautiful each creation is.  Like snowflakes … so lovingly created by the hand of God, each of us is unique and beautiful.  We are made by God just the way He wanted us to be.  I have been guilty of hiding behind some flaw that I felt everyone would see and judge me for.  But isn’t that a form of doubting God?  If he created me just as He wanted me, then is not my flaw, not a flaw, but a beautiful unique quirk from God?  Have you seen the video about the artist that drew woman based on their perception and also drew them based on how another woman saw them? When we describe ourselves, we see our flaws, but others see our beauty.  Self-confidence  I leave you my dear sisters and brothers with these words.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book. Psalm 139: 13–16

I love you all

Saturday, June 15, 2013. We are uniquely and wonderfully made……

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8

One thing my mother always taught be was to look for the gifts God gave me and develop those gifts as they were going to me my strengths.  God has given each of us  unique abilities, talents, and gifts which we are to use to serve Him and others.  If we look where our strengths are, our gifts, we can find out talents.  Both grow in effective use!!

These gifts are:  prophecy, serving, teaching, exhorting “encouraging”, giving, leadership, showing mercy. WOW! what a powerful list of gifts.   I believe our talent is Gods gift to each of us.  It is through developing out spiritual gifts that we can give a gift back to God.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)

The uniqueness of each of our gifts God gave us is what makes us who we are and sets us apart from other people.

I know sometimes we wonder about our confidence and our inner being is afraid of our gifts.  If we use our talents wisely without fear, God will give us more. If we use your time wisely, God will give us more time. If you use your influence wisely, God will increase your influence.

God will bless our level of faithfulness.

Love, Cheryl

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 ……Tribute to my Daddy, the first man I loved.

My dad is a musician.  From the time I can remember as a little girl, my mom use to say, dad is in his “music box.”   He would be mowing the lawn, or repairing a light fixture and humming a song I had never heard before.  I would ask him a question and see him turn his head as if to have heard a faint voice in the distance that would pull him into my world and smile and say, “what sweetie…….  I was not listening, but I am now”.  I knew he was listening to me; he was just listening to notes in his head making some beautiful melody.  How I wish I could go there and join him, but that world was his world alone one he felt so safe in.

I never cared because I knew when daddy was in my world, he was my daddy and I was his number one daughter for that moment.  My sister Pam came along five years later which was designed by God as He knew that span of years was perfect for my dad.  If I was ten, I was starting to wonder about boys and if I was pretty enough.  Pam was still wearing the wheels of her skate car and cornering the curves like a miniature Mario Andretti.  Daddy had a heart for both of us that made us feel we were the only little girls in the world.

I remember one time I was so sad and he came into my room and I was crying….. I told him I did not know what I was going to do with my life……….  Any my daddy touched my face and sang me the song….. Perry Como, “And I Love You so.”  He told me that God had a plan for me and that if I closed my eyes I could feel the magic.

Daddy still writes music.  Several years ago I bought him a computer, a computer program to write music and taught him how …. well, at 85 years of age, learn the computer.

So, daddy, I am dedicating this blog to you, the first man I ever loved and unlike anyone in the world I know, your heart is so full of love and music.

Here are the words to the song:

“And I love you so, the people ask me how
How I’ve lived ’till now, I tell them I don’t know
I guess they understand, how lonely life has been
That, life began again the day you took my hand

And yes, I know how lonely life can be
The shadows follow me and the night won’t set me free
But I don’t let the evening get me down
Now that you’re around me

And you love me too, your thoughts are just for me
You set my spirit free, I’m happy that you do
The book of life is brief and once a page is read
All but life is dead that is my belief

And yes, I know how lonely life can be
The shadows follow me and the night won’t set me free
But I don’t let the evening get me down
Now that you’re around me.”

"Her price is far above Rubies"

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